Yesterday, Tim Pawlenty, National Co-Chair for the Romney campaign, put the NH Union Leader’s endorsement of Newt Gingrich in perspective…
Jonathan Martin (Politico):
Tim Pawlenty, doing surrogacy duties today for Mitt Romney, dismissed the Union Leader’s support of Newt Gingrich, framing it as just one of many New Hampshire endorsements to be had by a Republican candidate.
In a conference call with reporters, Pawlenty was clearly prepared for the question. He rattled off the list of high-profile Granite State Republicans who back Romney — former Gov. John Sununu, former Sen. Judd Gregg, Sen. Kelly Ayotte — to make his case.
“Every candidate is going to get their fair share of endorsements,” Pawlenty said, adding that Romney has “more than his fair share.”
Even as he implicitly downplayed the Union Leader’s role in the Granite State’s GOP primary process, the Minnesotan said nothing directly about the paper or Gingrich.
(emphasis added )
We’ll be hearing more from Sununu, Gregg, and Ayotte.
UPDATE – To view Romney’s interview with the NH Union Leader Editorial Board, click here.
Oct 21, 2011 – NH Union Leader’s publisher, Joseph McQuaid offers his impressions of Romney’s interview with the UL’s editorial board (Greta Brawner, host):
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UPDATE: MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell does his best to be an arm for the DNC and President Obama re-election campaign, but Gov. Pawlenty does a fantastic job of bringing a little truth and common sense to one of the darkest and most ignorant corners of cable news.